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August 2020 Highlight- Welcome Back

August 28, 2020

This summer has been unusual for everyone in the department. Most of us haven’t been inside the building since March, and even as students begin to return to campus for the fall semester, things will not look like they did in years past. Chances are the ‘normal’ we are used to having will not return for some time in order to keep our campus and everyone in our community as safe as possible.

Still, I would like to commend everyone in the department for their efforts to keep connected. Whether this was in the form of Friday night socials, interactions on social media, or an increased drive to respond to emails, I personally am proud of this department for maintaining important interpersonal relationships. We at AOS have always been proud of having strong interpersonal relationships between our undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff, and we have managed to maintain that spirit in these times.

Moving into the fall semester, our student branch of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will continue to hold meetings, though in a different manner than in previous years, and the AOS Mentorship Program (AMP) will be moving into its second semester of operation. If you are a student in AOS, I would highly consider participating in either or both programs. Both give students chances to connect with peers and other people within the wider AOS community, something that is even more important this year.

Whether you are on campus or somewhere else around the world today, good luck on the fall semester, Badgers.

-Megan Caldwell